Day in the Life: Development Director at Girls Empowerment Network

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Like many nonprofit professionals, Ami Kane never set out to work in the nonprofit or development world. She was going to law school, but found herself more and more interested in discussions on women's issues.

She was encouraged by a professor to check out the gender studies program, which she added as a minor. Through a class service project, she began working with the nonprofit Girls, Inc. and eventually expanded her work into an internship and a full-time role.

After moving to Austin, Ami knew she wanted to continue her work in empowering young women and began working in programming at Girls Empowerment Network, where she eventually transitioned over from programming and events to development.

Ami, who describes herself as "a professional feminist", loves the variety and genuine interactions that each day brings her.

8:00 am: Ami typically starts her day with a breakfast or coffee meeting with donors or partners. Today she is meeting with a women in development group to review Giving Tuesday results and upcoming campaigns.

10:00 am: Ami heads back to the office, where she spends a few hours catching up on desk work like emails, grant writing, and managing her team.

12:00 pm: Work on a grant proposal. "I like to work straight through the day," says Ami, adding that she likes to build on the momentum throughout the day.

2:00 pm: Meet with her team to review upcoming projects and campaigns.

4:00 pm: Happy hour networking event or end-of-day late coffee with a donor. "I consider myself an ambivert," Ami says. "I usually bookend my day with the more social activities."

Ami's advice for pursuing a nonprofit or development career: "Be out there, be willing to reach out and connect with people and be friendly and assertive up front. I have seen a lot of young professionals using LinkedIn to find people whose brains to pick. Especially in fundraising, it really is who you know."

On asking for informational interviews: "When a young woman reaches out to me and wants to hear about my path, I’m happy to do that. Be mindful of using the time really well – have particular questions to talk through."

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